I find it interesting that he claims he is "not wasting any time talking to
my children about Miley Cyrus or anything that may have happened at the
VMAs"; yet, he took the time to write the article and get it published on
the Deseret News website.If it is important enough to write a news article
about it, isn't it important enough to discuss with your children?
@ Darnoch: It looks like we read the same article by Ryan Jardine, but we
"heard" different things. To me, Mr. Jardine is NOT talking about the
recent events at the VMA. Instead, he is talking about how many adults are
focusing on the unimportant clamorings of the entertainment-driven media, when
they should be talking with their children about real events happening to real
people. He cited the recent events in Syria as an example. I agree with Mr.
Jardine. I will follow his advice, the best I can, and have those conversations
with my sixteen year old daughter.
Yes, he took the time to write an article and get it published, which was his
way of talking to other PARENTS, not his children. However, I feel it might be
necessary to at least tell your children how you feel about Miley Cyrus and her
life choices without spending a lot of time on the subject.
Someone needs to tell Miley that if she keeps making that face, it's going
to grow that way.
What a terrific article. Ignore the trivial distractions and focus on what
really matters in life.@darnoch Typical criticism with nothing of
value to add to the discussion. Historically it has always been easier to tear
down then create, sadly most people have become this way.
When society is giving our kids a steady diet of Miley's, I think it is
important to address the issue. There is room enough in a conversation for Syria
and Cyrus, or at least there should be.
Why in the world would Miley Cyrus, or anyone else for that matter, go beyond
"acceptable" in a televised performance?To get the exact
reaction that she did.For more than a week after her exhibition,
that was all that was talked about. (and here, another letter, more than 3 weeks
later)She accomplished exactly what she wanted; driven primarily by
those most disgusted with her performance.She outsmarted you.
I think "and" is a good word here, rather than "or." Why
can't parents discuss with their children the TV trend away from uplifting
material and toward "sensual" material. The Miley Cyrus act can be
illustrative of the trend, which we should take steps to stop. "And," we
can talk with our kids about world events and actions we can take to affect them
positively. Oh, Uncle Rico, you were guilty of doing what you
criticized...you just chose a different target. There is room on the comment
boards for differing opinions.
I understand the sentiment, but your children are hearing about this at
school--at least there--constantly. It's easy for adults to come to the
mature understanding of what trash Miley's performance was and the
desperation driving it. Adults have had time to learn enough life's skills
to make those distinctions and decide on which side of the line they will
remain. Our children need more than our silence about such garbage while they
sort out how to keep strong when they interact with their friends who will trash
*them* for appearing smugly self-righteous. Trusting our children to be as
well-grounded as we know or hope they are is good, but helping them stand strong
is a better strategy.
Joe Blow--several weeks later, and once again we see that nefarious picture of
Miley. Every time I see it, I wonder--are those little knots of hair on the top
of her head a metaphor for the image she's trying to portray?
How many people were shocked or surprised to hear most of what was said in
General Conference last April (the exception of the missionary age change
proving the the rule). Just because children (and everyone else) already know
something doesn't mean that they shouldn't hear it again.What is
happening in Syria is tragic, but there is really little we can do about it.
Most actions that any nation might take will almost certainly kill additional
children. The fact is that many more children die due to disease, malnutrition,
starvation, and "normal" violence throughout the world than die due to
chemical weapons. Children in the US not properly restrain in automobiles is in
the same ballpark as chemical weapons. I think a conversation about how
some actions are right and some actions are wrong is always good. Also
discussing how someone can do some good and admirable things but how that
doesn't mean that everything they do will be good or admirable is in order.
Whether or not Miley comes up during such conversations will depend. Some
parents might choose to bring it up because of Hannah Montana. Regardless, the
kids will likely bring it up.
His statement is odd, because, you need to discuss these things in the home.
The concept of "dont talk about it and it will go away" is a mindset
that parents need to get away from. Don't talk about the destroying
aspects of porn and porn will go away. We know what is trash and what
isn't. Trying to teach children these things are abhorrent by being silent
about them or not talking about them = totally false method. Helping our
children recognize behavior that is against the principles that we are teaching
them and that don't correlate to the principles of the Gospel of any church
you belong to is important. Our kids understand it all, they hear it
all...especially when they enter highschool. A brief discussion about a subject
that is uncomfortable or gives undesired attention to someone like Miley Cyrus
in our home for a moment, also introduces the ability to teach, the ability to
identify behavior not conducive to your families beliefs and helps your children
know that you are not blissfully unassuming that the world is pretty jacked up.
Problems don't go away by ignoring them
Amen Sir. I find that when I discuss philosophy, history, and science to my
kids, it is then that they become interested in substance and disinterested in
brainless capitalist entertainment.
Miley is just another final product from the Hollywood elites that try to tell
us how we should manage and live our lives.Just another example why
giving any attention to those in Hollywood is a waste of everyone's
time.Besides they can't produce an original piece of work
anymore, and haven't produced original work in decades. Zero talent, money
hungry, greedy, 1% people run Hollywood. Yep the very people bo likes to hang
out with, while telling us peasants how evil they are.I guess
they're only evil if they're giving money to your political committee.
to JoeBlowCompletely agreed. Like the saying goes,
"There is no such thing as bad publicity." These so called
"celebrities" live off that mantra. Ignore Miley, The
Kardashians, etc... Additionally, Stop watching E!, Dancing with the Stars, The
Voice, TMZ, Showbiz tonight and many of the ills of 21st century America will
Excellent comment Mr. Rico. It's nice to know you practice what you
Can we move on? The amount of time devoted by DesNews to Miley ought to disturb
its 20 or 30 readers.